60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 6 nights
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Bela Bela
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
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Hazyview
— 4 nights
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Durban
— 6 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 5 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
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Gansbaai
— 4 nights
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Cape Town
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Johannesburg

— 6 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Popular historic sites such as Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Mandela House are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History. Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits), Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). Spend the 3rd (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: try to win big at Montecasino, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, steep yourself in history at Walter Sisulu Square, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Wilds.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg journey builder website.

Gdansk, Poland to Johannesburg is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Gdansk to Johannesburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Gdansk in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Bela Bela.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife · Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Bela Bela

— 4 nights
Taking a trip to Bela Bela allows visitors to enjoy mild weather and many hot springs.
Visiting Adventures with Elephants and Bambelela Wildlife Care&Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Farm will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Jugomaro Predator Park (in Groblersdal), Bouncy Croc (in Mookgophong) and Vaalwater (Jugomaro Predator Park 2.0 & Welgevonden Nature Reserve). There's more to do: stroll through Feracare Wildlife Centre and indulge in some personalized pampering at The Hydro.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bela Bela road trip website.

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Bela Bela takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Johannesburg in May since evenings lows in Bela Bela dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Bela Bela

Parks · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Kruger National Park

— 5 nights
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Get in touch with nature at Kruger National Park and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Little Shingwedzi Safaris, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Nyalaland Wilderness Trail, and contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park online route builder.

You can drive from Bela Bela to Kruger National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kruger National Park when traveling from Bela Bela in May, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Hoedspruit

— 4 nights
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Visiting Safaris and Hans Merensky Golf Course will get you outdoors. Amarula Lapa and iNyoka Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, tee off at Drakensig Golf Club, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit holiday planner.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. May in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Hazyview

— 4 nights
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Explore Hazyview's surroundings by going to Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail (in Barberton) and Nelspruit (Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, Montrose Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Elephant Whispers, steep yourself in history at Shangana Cultural Village, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hazyview trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Durban

— 6 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
The Buddhist Retreat Centre and Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Shark Diving and Aliwal Shoal Adventures. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durban: Pietermaritzburg (Cumberland Nature Reserve & African Bird of Prey Sanctuary), Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa - Day Pass (in Mid Illovo) and Springside Nature Reserve (in Hillcrest). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Emmanual Cathedral, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Durban road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Hazyview to Durban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, Durban is a bit warmer than Hazyview - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Port Elizabeth

— 5 nights

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Get in touch with nature at Shamwari Game Reserve and Wild Dreams Africa. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of St Michael and St George and St Augustine's Catholic Cathedral are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Seal Point (in Saint Francis Bay), Cape St Francis (Surf Camp South Africa & Seal Point Lighthouse) and Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Catholic Church, explore the galleries of Ron Belling Art Gallery, look and learn at Observatory Museum, and contemplate the long history of Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth trip itinerary site.

Fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durban in May: high temperatures in Port Elizabeth hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay

— 5 nights
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Plettenvale Wines and Nelson Bay Cave are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Birds of Eden and Robberg Nature Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, Waterfall Trail, &more) and Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Knysna Heads, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Secrets of Knysna Forest, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn

— 4 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dutch Reformed Mother Church and Calitzdorp Cellar. Take a break from the city and head to Cango Caves and Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Meiringspoort (in De Rust), Fernskloof Wines (in Prince Albert) and Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm (in Calitzdorp). There's lots more to do: stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, and contemplate the long history of Montagu Pass Old Toll House.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in June since evenings lows in Oudtshoorn dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Gansbaai

— 4 nights
Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Drostdy Museum and Raka Wine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Kassiesbaai. Get out of town with these interesting Gansbaai side-trips: Elim (Elim Moravian Mission & Strandveld Vineyards), Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve (in Arniston) and The Kapula Gallery (in Bredasdorp). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, hike along The Tradouwspass, and explore the fascinating underground world of Klipgat Caves.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gansbaai online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Oudtshoorn to Gansbaai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Gansbaai are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 12 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Platteklip Gorge. Visit Robben Island Museum and Groot Constantia for their historical value. When in Cape Town, make a side trip to see The Stellenbosch Village Museum in Stellenbosch, approximately Stellenbosch away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Cape Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and get a dose of the wild on Earthstompers Adventures.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Gansbaai to Cape Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. June in Cape Town sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.